Italy’s duomo ho­tel is fit for Fellini

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - TRAVEL -

Even its ir­rev­er­ent name, an odd mix of up­per- and low­er­case let­ters, sug­gests the whimsy of the duomo ho­tel. Noted in­dus­trial ar­chi­tect Ron Arad headed the de­sign team for this fu­tur­is­tic ho­tel in Ri­mini, home­town of Ital­ian di­rec­tor Fed­erico Fellini. Ri­mini served as the back­drop for so many Fellini films that first-time vis­i­tors of­ten feel a sense of deja vu.

In ev­ery sense, duomo (“cathe­dral” in Ital­ian) is Fellini-es­que. The ho­tel sits on a nar­row street that is barely pass­able by a sin­gle car but per­fectly po­si­tioned near mon­u­ments, ru­ins and trendy shops. Guests en­ter through lac­quered red doors that spring open like the levers of a pin­ball ma­chine to see the re­cep­tion desk.

Opened in 2006, the 34 guest rooms and nine suites are min­i­mal­ist in style and ex­tremely invit­ing. The decor in­cludes plat­form beds, a soft white padded floor and av­o­cado slid­ing doors cov­er­ing the win­dows. .

Over­size pod bath­rooms have white Co­ri­an­walls and slat­ted teak floors, an egg-shaped Alessi lava­tory and bidet, an il­lu­mi­nat­ing rain shower that drains into the floor, and awin­dow over­look­ing the bed. All rooms of­fer Wi-fi, flat-screen TVS and flu­o­res­cent lights on dim­mers.

The nomi club at the front of the ho­tel is a place where yup­pies con­gre­gate on Sun­day evenings when

are free and the re­tractable glass wall al­lows the crowd to spill onto the street. By morn­ing, the space is trans­formed into a sedate break­fast room. With ev­ery com­fort and im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice, duomo is an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber.

JEROME LEVINE/PHOTO FOR TRI­BUNE NEWS­PA­PERS

The lobby and re­cep­tion desk of the Ho­tel duomo in Ri­mini, Italy, lead vis­i­tors into a fu­tur­is­tic space.

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